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SPONTANEOUS CHOICES SHORTS features short serialized fiction by author Shannon Muir, that may be later released as part of e-book or print collections. In 2019, these serials will appear every second and fourth Thursday (and fifth Thursdays as they occur). This week continues a new serialized story, “A Second La Chance,” about a young woman who originally hoped to have the children of a wealthy spoiled man to get paid off to leave him, but ends up with more than she ever bargained for when deciding to take a chance to start a new life for herself. This is part 6 of 16.

PART 7 WILL APPEAR APRIL 25, 2019! “This isn’t the most appropriate location for this conversation,” he told me. “We should rendezvous somewhere more intimate.”

He urgently tried to grab my hand to pull me along with him and leave the area, and despite it being more gentle than I expected, I still pulled back.

“You make this sound like I’ll end up in bed with you,” I said. “I’ve left that past behind me.”  

“You can’t escape what’s in your blood,” the man said, as he used his arm to pull me in closer; I began to feel less comfortable than before, but seduced by wanting to know the truth.

“Let me entice you with this. What if I told you that your father is not whom you believe it is?”  

“My father may have been busy a lot, but he was good to me. Would he do that to a child not his own.”

He used his other hand on my waist to turn me towards him, though I stared up into those shades and not the blue eyes I desperately longed to see again, to humanize this bringer of life changing news.

“Some men do, especially those who have sworn an oath to the employer to do so.”  

I thought about what the man implied, and if there might be any chance of it being true that things weren’t always what they’d seemed.  

“How would you know all this? You’re just a hired hand from the LaChance family.”  

“No, I work for your father’s family, your true father’s family. This debacle with the LaChance family has made people aware of your existence. Someone came here with designs to cause you harm today, and all this was a diversion to save your life. I have already risked too much publicly to convince you to believe me. If you don’t take action, your family’s lives will be in danger. Not just you but that of your children.”  

This was so much to process. I didn’t know what to think other than the fact this mysterious man held me close all this time and I hadn’t once objected.

“I want to know more,” I told him.

“Then quick, come away with me before the TV crew realizes where you are.”